In celebration of the growing number of women riders we joined Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling 2018 with a ladies ride round the local woods and lanes. As the ride came closer we kept our fingers crossed that the glorious sunshine would hold and we were in luck. Our mechanic, Vicky, was leading the ride and she spent a couple of early mornings before work scoping out the route. Kent is known as the Garden of England and Biketart is set in the middle of the Elham Valley, with... Read More
You know how it is. You are blasting along your favourite local singletrack. You’re pushing hard, heart rate red lining, pedals spinning, getting the most out of your bike. And then, out of nowhere, someone just passes you. Just flies by. You look up. What are they riding? Latest full suspension rig? Maybe that new Santa Cruz Blur they’ve all been talking about. But no! It is a hard tail. You just got left for dust by a hardtail! You just got burned by the new Santa Cruz Highball. For... Read More
The Santa Cruz Blur – A full carbon comeback story There have been a lot of classic names in mountain biking, that have come back, years later, to remind us how great they were. From the return of the Ibis Mojo in 2005, to Orange’s rehabilitation of the Clockwork, to the rebirth of the Malverns Classic race events, we mountain bikers love a good resurrection. And so it is certain to be with the Santa Cruz Blur. Absent from our trails since the LT2 C was replaced by the Tallboy... Read More
In the animal kingdom, creatures make use of all sorts of clever little techniques to camouflage themselves. From striped zebra, to leaf life stick insects to bark coloured treecreepers – all very clever. But it all looks like kids playing hide and seek compared to the amazing chameleon. Capable of actually changing their skin colour by internally manipulating a range of pigments at different levels, allowing them to blend in, signal to other chameleons and even regulate their body temperature, they are one of the most adaptable creatures in the... Read More
Orange Bikes: A History if the All Round Range Big news at Biketart. We have a new bike brand coming on board. They are British. They hail from Yorkshire. They’ve been around since the dawn of MTB time. That’s right folks..Orange bikes are coming to Biketart. Time to let you know a bit about their history and development. Because that sort of thing’s important, right? It all begins with wind surfing. Yep, that’s right, windsurfing. Keen outdoor sports guy and windsurf company owner, Roger Tushingham acquired, in 1986, a Muddy Fox Courier... Read More
Öhlins Suspension: The New Old Kid on the Block Aah, Sweden, a country of moose, forests, reliable cars, friendly blond giants and, um, the highest performance suspension company in the world. Who knew? Well, pretty much everyone in motor sport it turns out. For a shade over forty years, Öhlins has been offering some of the finest precision manufactured suspension products that motorcyclists (and race car drivers) could lay their hands on. Luckily for us mountain bikers, Öhlins have now started making shocks and forks for our particular brand of... Read More
Genesis 2017 – New Bikes and Brilliant Updates The time and finally come and, following several weeks of social media teasing, the brand new 2017 Genesis bike line has arrived! Here at Biketart we are immensely excited to share the very newest Genesis bikes with you and let you know about some of the cool updates to existing models. So without further ado…the new stuff. Brand New Models First up we have the Zero Disc, which Genesis have been sneakily hinting at for a while. What’s it all about then?... Read More
Santa Cruz Bikes – A History of High Performance Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in 1993 in a space the size of a single car garage in the Seabright Cannery, in Santa Cruz California. From the very beginning, they innovated, producing a ‘simple yet advanced’ full suspension bike, the Tamzon, as their first bike. So innovative , that it would be several years before they even bothered with a hardtail and when they did, the Chameleon went on to define the hardcore hardtail genre for another two decades. Originally a... Read More
When you buy one of our Biketart Gift Vouchers you can now choose from a variety of lovely cycling cards FREE!
When you buy one of our Biketart Gift Vouchers you can now choose from a variety of lovely cycling cards FREE! Vouchers are from £10 to £100 and now including Maintenance Gift Cards for Standard, Super or Premium bike maintenance. Why not treat the ‘Biketart’ in your life to the perfect present?
Hi there! With winter on the way it might be a good time to start thinking of digging out the rock-hard mud-infested rain jacket that you threw into the back of the shed when summer started, and give it a good hose off. But wait, there are some really nice items out there to help keep you warm, dry, and riding right through to the next summer! So where to start? Well let’s go for jackets first. There are many different levels of warmth, protection, and rain resistance. A fine... Read More